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American poker icon Sam Soverel is whiskers close to being declared the 2019 British Poker Open (BPO) Leaderboard winner. With four fantastic finishes that include the title win at the £25,000 No-Limit Hold ‘em, Soverel was already leading the race. On September 10, Soverel entered the second £25,000 NLH event of the stop and outran 12 others to win the event for £227,500!
With this, Soverel has earned a total of £788,700 at the series so far, consolidating his position on top of the BPO Leaderboard with 780 points. He is 360 points ahead of his next closest rival, Stephen Chidwick (420 points). Rounding out the top three on the Leaderboard is George Wolff (340 points).
But it hasn’t been all smooth-sailing for Soverel. He had been in striking distance of the title in the £25,000 PLO event just a few days ago where he had entered Day 2 as the chip leader but missed the mark after being booted out by George Wolff in third place.
After the £25K NLH got over, Soverel also recalled how upset he had been after a hand during four-handed play where he had clashed with Steve O’Dwyer. O’Dwyer had elected not to move all-in with ace-king despite pairing both his cards on the flop. Soverel just called on the river after flopping a broadway straight. Though he eventually scooped the pot, he acknowledged that when he saw O’Dwyer’s hand, he’d felt “disgusted.”
The day-long tournament took nearly 13 hours to go down the history books and the field comprised of some of the biggest names in poker. It became clear once the payouts were announced that only the final two players would return richer from the event, earning a share from the £325,000 prize pool.
The likes of Kahle Burns, Cary Katz, Sam Greenwood, Timothy Adams, Christoph Vogelsang, and Ali Imsirovic were dismissed empty-handed through the course of play.
Ben Tollerene, who fired two bullets in the event, did well for himself in his second attempt and managed to sail into three-handed play. However, this is as far as Tollerene would go – his all-in move with pocket eights found a caller in Soverel who held king-queen. A king on the flop quelled Tollerene’s title hopes, and he bowed out as the unlucky bubble boy after being eliminated in third place.
Soverel began the heads-up duel with Steve O’Dwyer holding 640,000 as against the latter’s 985,000, but it was a distance he easily covered with a quick double-up. Another double-up and Soverel had pulled ahead. The final hand saw Soverel’s improve to two-pair on the runout, crushing O’Dwyer’s that could only manage top pair. And just like that Soverel became the first player to clinch two titles at the series!
Final Table Results (GBP)
1. Sam Soverel – £227,500
2. Steve O’Dwyer – £97,500
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